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The North Carolina Strategic Scholars Course is focused on the financial and managerial skills needed to advance North Carolina public health agencies. Course participants will complete the BEAM (Building Expertise in Administration and Management) Certificate Program, interact with professionals from across the state during live webinars, and receive individualized coaching to implement an agency-specific project of their choosing.  

The course focuses on the following areas: 

  • Strategic Problem Definition 
  • Budget
  • Procurement 
  • Contracts 
  • Contract Monitoring 
  • Financial Health   

The Strategic Scholars Pilot Course addresses the top training need identified in the 2019 Driving the Future: Assessment of the North Carolina Local Public Health Workforce report.   

Who should take this course?

North Carolina state and local public health professionals. Applicants must apply as atwo-personteamwith one representative who works on programmatic efforts, preferably at a managerial level with oversight over programs or groups within the agency and one representative from administration with direct knowledge of agency fiscal process and policies. For example, the programmatic representative may be: AgencyAccreditation Coordinator, Health Promotion/Education Supervisor, Maternal and Child Health Supervisor, Nursing Supervisor, Community Health Improvement Coordinator. The administrative representative may be: Health Director, Deputy Health Director, Finance Officer, Senior Official.  

Mutual and reciprocal learning between fiscal and administrative staff is a key element of this course.  

Course Requirements

Scholars will complete the BEAM: Building Expertise in Administration and Management modules (approximately 15-20 hours of self-paced online learning), attend four live webinars (one-and-a-half-hours each)receive three hours of virtual coaching, and complete a project of their choosing using what they learn in the course. 

Continuing Education Credits

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will award Continuing Education Credits after successful completion of the course. Scholars are required to complete all BEAM Program modules, attend all scheduled webinars, complete their coaching and agency project to earn the CE credits. 

Participants also earn a BEAM Program Certificate provided by the University of Miami. 

Course Providers

This course is offered by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, adapted from a national course with content from the University of Miami, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.  

For more information, contact the course director, Lori Rhew at Lori.Rhew@unc.edu.

Email us at nciph@unc.edu.
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